Ti­ta­nium hy­brid mim­ics nat­u­ral bone

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Cal­laghan In­no­va­tion re­searchers have cre­ated ad­vanced new ma­te­ri­als based on ti­ta­nium that are de­signed to meet the needs of a broad range of sec­tors from bio­med­i­cal im­plants to aero­space en­gi­neer­ing and be­yond.

Dr Ian Brown from Cal­laghan In­no­va­tion says in­dus­try-fo­cused re­search car­ried out by the New Zealand Ti­ta­nium Tech­nolo­gies Plat­form ( TiTeNZ) has led to the cre­ation of new ti­ta­nium ma­te­ri­als with prop­er­ties that prom­ise to add sig­nif­i­cant value to high value ex­ports in a range of key sec­tors.

He says the team, work­ing closely with the Ti­ta­nium In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, has made sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in the pro­cess­ing of ti­ta­nium pow­der to cre­ate ma­te­ri­als with highly con­trolled poros­ity, greatly im­prov­ing the abil­ity to con­trol the qual­i­ties of ti­ta­nium al­loys in or­der to pro­duce light­weight, durable struc­tures ideal for ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

New ma­te­ri­als range from those that mimic nat­u­ral bone-like struc­tures for bio­med­i­cal im­plant de­sign, to cus­tom struc­tures cre­ated us­ing 3D laser print­ing meth­ods, with a range of ap­pli­ca­tions.

Dr Brown says Cal­laghan In­no­va­tion is in dis­cus­sions with po­ten­tial part­ners for up­take of the new ma­te­ri­als, which have been de­vel­oped so their prop­er­ties can be al­tered ac­cord­ing to cus­tomer’s needs.

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